One man, one woman, for life. This model of covenant marriage was the first institution created by God in the book of Genesis, and is the divine order expressed throughout Scripture.
“Have you not read that at the beginning, the Creator made them male and female and said: ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.” Matthew 19:4-6
These are the words of Jesus, quoting from Genesis 1 and 2. Marriage affects society as a whole, and is a matter of crucial public concern. Yet God’s definition of marriage is on trial. Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments both for and against redefining marriage in America, with a ruling to be issued in late June.
This is not a new battle. The definition of marriage debate has thundered on for nearly 20 years now, and the sanctity of marriage has been under assault from the beginning of time. Yet prior to federal judges overturning marriage laws, 30 states had preserved and protected natural marriage in their Constitutions. Marriage predates government, but government recognizes natural marriage because it benefits society in a way that no other relationship can: It is the least restrictive means of ensuring the well-being of children.
Marriage is uniquely tailored for childbearing, and research shows that when both genders are represented in parenting, children have the greatest opportunity for health, wellbeing, and maturity. Kids raised by their married parents are most likely to experience lifelong success. Marriage is the fundamental building block of all human civilization.
Though marriage between a man and a woman has existed since the beginning of time and is the bedrock of systematic society, the High Court is set to decide the definition of marriage in the United States based on 150 minutes of oral argument.
Many activists determined to redefine marriage do not simply desire legal recognition for gay and lesbian relationships, but to silence people of faith from dissent, and force them to celebrate what God has called sin. The Family Research Council warns that “the consequences this decision could have on our religious freedom, the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs, are staggering. Should the Court redefine marriage, our religious liberty – the foundation for all of our freedoms – is at risk… A strong man-woman marriage culture is a compelling interest because it affects virtually every other state interest.”
But we are not helpless. We can make a stand in defense of marriage.* How?
Pray for the nine members of the Court hearing the arguments: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, and Elena Kagan. Pray they are inspired and directed in a way that is faithful to Scripture. Pray for divine favor for the attorneys arguing for marriage tomorrow.
Pray that Christian marriages will reflect the relationship of Christ and His church and witness to the beauty of its design. Pray always for our country. Make your voice heard ‘round the throne of grace, ladies. This is our first and best defense of marriage.
Sign the Pledge.
Join together with others to pledge your defense of marriage and family. Go to http://www.lcaction.cc/674/petition.asp to add your name to the Marriage Solidarity Pledge. The Pledge concludes with the statement, “While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and we cannot and will not cross.”
One concerned citizen put it this way: “Rightly or wrongly, the Supreme Court will take a stand on marriage this summer. Let’s take ours now.” Ladies, it’s time to take our stand.
In His name and for His glory, Jodi Greene
*Family Worship Center participated in Stand for Marriage Sunday on April 25th with a bulletin insert which contained much of the information in this post.